Grounded & Resilient Organizers Workshop

We are in hard, hard times. The fires of justice are burning all around us. We feel the rage, grief, and possibilities as the past year has thrown us all in a loop. Our movements are having to respond to so many attacks at the same time, amidst the challenges of the current pandemic, and the beginning of a new administration.

The 2021 Fall G.R.O.W. (Grounded and Resilient Organizers Workshop) Fellowship will be held from the new moon in August through April 2022. Building upon our previous G.R.O.W./ Thrive/ Shift programs that started in 2015, the fellowship will equip UU (and UU adjacent!) young adults of color and white young adults with the skills, spiritual grounding, and community to engage in justice work within and beyond our Unitarian Universalist Faith.

The Fellowship

G.R.O.W. is taking it up a notch this year with two new opportunities to deepen our justice practice. G.R.O.W. is calling in young adult organizers, healers, artists and ministers interested in throwing down to stop the Line 3 pipeline. To build a movement of young people in solidarity with the #StopLine3 campaign, we’ll go through the Side With Love’s 10-week Organizing School to learn new chops about the ins and outs of base building, campaign development and evaluation – then focus in on building and using our people power to #StopLine3 and other justice campaigns.

Click the buttons below to learn more about the Organizing School and the Stop Line 3 movement.

Following the Organizing School sessions, and organized around the rhythm of each moon cycle, we’ll gather weekly as our primary touchpoint for a shared space we call “justice workouts”. We will be centering in community building, skill building, and growing our collective understanding of organizing and movement work as we move through different cycles of themes on a monthly basis. Once per moon cycle, we’ll also meet in racial identity caucus spaces to support one another in the work that is ours to do rooted in the lived experiences that have shaped our lives. G.R.O.W. Fellows will receive care packages, tangible and digital, that will include offerings for learning, nourishment, reflection and action.

A modest stipend will be available for those who are accepted into the program and who commit to a shared level of participation, averaging attendance at 75% of our group gatherings.

GROW Fellowship is a partnership between the UU College of Social Justice and UUA’s Thrive program for young adults of color.



The 2021 Fall G.R.O.W. program has already begun and we no longer accepting applications. Please email if you have any questions.

This program is open to all alums of GROW / Thrive / Shift, as well as young adults (ages 18-35) seeking to commit to a spiritually-grounded community of praxis for these times. This offering is hosted by Unitarian Universalist institutions and open to all participants who are excited about integrating spirituality into your work for justice and liberation.


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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at and 617-301-4303